East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club
History of the Club
The first meeting of the Committee of the East Anglian Club
was held at the Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds on April 1st 1948
The rules of the East Anglian Jersey Club were discussed and
it became the East Anglian Jersey Cattle Club, the club was
then affliated to the English Jersey Cattle Society, in 1956
the English Jersey Society became the Jersey Cattle Society
of the UK. In 2008 this was changed to become UK Jerseys.
Mr Porter from Pensthorpe Hall, Fakenham was the first Chairman
and the Secretary Mr Nott came from Pebmarsh, Sudbury.
On May 13th 1948 at a committee meeting the Secretary was
instructed to write to the English Jersey Cattle Society and
press them to demand a higher premium for Jersey milk, (nothing
At the committee meeting on 14th October 1948 the secretary
said there were 102 members of the East Anglian Jersey Club
(if only)!! Annual Subscriptions were £1-1-0d, associate
At the first AGM held at The White Horse Hotel on 17th March
1949, Sir John Ruggles Brise said the Club was the strongest
in the country.
At the next committee meeting it was agreed to pay the secretary £150
per annum but this was reduced in 1957 to £50 per annum.
The club nearly folded in 1953 but it was decided to continue.
On 9th December 1948 Mr Eglinton offered a cup for milk average,
(the secretary to have a workable scheme for the next committee
meeting) and at a committee meeting in 1949 Sir John Ruggles
Brise presented a cup for the highest milking cow, these 2
cups are presented each year at our AGM. The Postlethwaite
Cup was presented later in 1962.
In 1952 Miss Joy Spurgeon, daughter of Frank Spurgeon, now
Mrs Roger Kidner was Hon Secretary for 2 years followed by
Mr Nott, followed in 1957 by Mrs Rumsey a Guernsey lady, and
in 1959 Mr Holland was appointed as Secretary and Treasurer
At the 1972 AGM Geraldine Roper became secretary with Frank
Mahon becoming the Treasurer, Mr Holland stayed as the club’s
auditor. Su Mahon became the secretary in 1975.
The Halesworth Jersey Club amalgamated with the EAJCC in 1963,
in their heyday they had 40 members.
In the last 60 years there have been 13 Chairmen, 6 Treasurers
and 6 Secretaries, the last 2 officers having been 36 years
and 33 years respectively.